Renters in the Chaparral Apartments on East John Street were subjected to an overpowering smell of toilet waste today causing law enforcement and city public works to come out and determine that somebody had been under the apartments cutting and stealing sewer and water pipes. The copper market is apparently getting a good price for used pipes. But none-the-less the city health department ordered 50 tenants to immediately leave their apartments.
Authorities say all occupants of the building were being assigned temporary shelter (courtesy of the apartment complex owner) until the plumbing repairs are made which could take some time. Meanwhile authorities are tracking down those who were responsible for the highly unusual theft that should have made some noise during the pipe heist.
Anyone knowing who was involved with the Chaparral Apartment’s vandalism are encouraged to call Secret Witness at 775-322-4900 of the Sheriff’s Office at 775-887-2677.